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• When Nicklaus won his first Players, he half joked that he had done so "just in case" the Players became a major.
• Deane Beman: Golf's Driving Force by Adam Schupak: "When Jack decided to build his own facility and have his own tournament, that would be to him what the Masters was to Bobby Jones. And of course, our tournament stood in his way."
• Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry by Ian O'Connor: "Deane came up with a great idea with the Players Championship ... but you can't buy a major and that was sort of the effort being made," Nicklaus said. "The Memorial was his only competition ... but everything he could do to put one ahead of the other, he would do and that's always stuck in my craw."
Dan Jenkins in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED after the 1984 Players: "For two years the pros had been howling louder than a North Florida wind about the horrors of the design of their own course at their own headquarters and the site of their own championship, which has certainly become the 'fifth major.'"
• Greg Larson (from the 1985 PGA Championship) in The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville: "Deane Beman was quoted in a New York Times story yesterday as calling for [the Players] to be declared a fifth major. If the PGA, which begins today at Cherry Hills, is any measurement, Beman should be screaming for fourth place.... After two days of walking around Cherry Hills ... nothing jumps out and says, 'Hey, this is different than the Memorial, the Crosby or the Bay Hill Classic.'"
• Phil Mickelson in 2008: "What's difficult from a player's point of view is scheduling because if you take the five majors, counting the Players, and the three World Golf Championships, which is eight...."
Last year the European tour issued a press release touting its BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth as the fifth major. Seven of the top nine players in the World Ranking competed. Lee Westwood of England: "The Players probably used to be regarded as the fifth major, and it felt that way back in the late '90s. But since the invention of the World Golf Championships, the Players has actually stepped back. So what is it, eighth on the list now?"
• Ernie Els (above) of South Africa: "[The BMW] is definitely taking the place of the Players. I also feel we have a stronger field here and a classic course."